Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 4
W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 27 GP, 20-23-43, +17, 32 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Quebec lost its second straight game, 4-0 in Moncton, the former home of Mark Barberio and Evgeni Artyukhin.
Western Hockey League
Brandon Wheat Kings 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (SO)
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 16-26-42, +10, 21 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Point extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist during a rare night in which Point did not factor in at least half the Warriors’ goals. Point did not convert his shootout attempt, though Moose Jaw won the skills competition, 1-0.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 26 shots he faced for his second straight shutout. He's now 7-3-3 with 2 SO, a 2.44 GAA, and a .914 sv%. He's given up a whopping 1 goal in his last 3 starts, and with Gudlevskis struggling Andrei now appears to clearly be the #1 goaltender in Syracuse.
SYR Nesterov, (3) (Angelidis, Namestnikov), 18:01
SYR Blunden, (3) , 19:13 (EN)
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Novosibirsk 5 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-7-18, +3, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 17:14 of ice time in Yugra's crushing 5-2 loss to Novosibirsk. Sibir was led by 1 goal and 3 points from ex-Kings pick Patrik Hersley.
Mytischi 6 vs. Ufa 1
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-1-1, +4, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 20 PIM
Dmitry Korobov had a helper and was +4 in 16:41 in Mytischi's 6-1 win over Ufa. Ex-Lightning pick Alexei Glukhov, who wears an "A" for Ufa, had a helper in defeat.
Bratislava 3 vs. Astana 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 36/38, 2.00 GAA, .947 sv%
Season totals: 18 GP, 5-10-3, 2 SO, 2.78 GAA, .894 sv%
Ex-Sabres 2nd rounder Milan Bartovic potted the GWG for Slovan in their 3-2 victory against Astana. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a goal in defeat for Astana.
Lightning in a mini-funk.
Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the loss. Unlike the Columbus game, I didn't feel any of the goals he allowed were soft. I can't say the same for the play of the defense in front of him.
0:40 WSH Ovechkin (13), (Wilson, Carlson)
13:49 TB Boyle (6), (Hedman, Brown)
14:23 WSH Niskanen (2), (Backstrom, Johansson)(PP)
0:47 TB Stamkos (17), (Callahan, Hedman)
4:36 WSH Laich (3), (Ward)
10:52 WSH Brouwer (7), (Johansson, Kuznetsov)
19:56 TB Filppula (5), (Johnson, Hedman)
19:59 WSH Ovechkin (14), (Backstrom)(EN)
Victor Hedman was the game's third star.
I don't want to sit here and say the sky is falling. The Lightning did outshoot Washington 36-35 and were it not for A.) Holtby, B.) A greasy goal off an unfortunate bounce of a centering pass that ended up in Stralman's skates, and C.) An inept Lightning PP in the Second Period, this game could've had a dramatically different outcome. The issue right now is the Lightning having an uneven effort level shift-to-shift, lack of sharpness in passing and positioning shift-to-shift, and a power play that looks devoid of an identity and a clue right now. The first two things can sort themselves out with a few good practices. That last thing? There's a young man who wears 27 who was serving popcorn tonight who's absolutely lethal as a playmaker in open ice on the PP. Just saying. It's time.
This one hurts. On paper, you'd have expected to get about 3 points out of these last couple of games, which would've allowed the Lightning to build a nice stash of insurance points and fortify their position in the division and in the conference. It's a heck of a time for a little losing streak, and now they'll have to rally and get at least a point out of the Carolina game just to make sure they get 12 points out of this 10-game segment of the season. It's a big-time wasted opportunity with harder parts of the schedule still to come.
Cedric Paquette had 4 penalty minutes, 4 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:56. The extra roughing minor he took in the First Period led to Niskanen's momentum crushing PP goal, but I kind of didn't mind Paquette giving the business to the larger Wilson, who was trying to pick on a rookie. I have a hard time criticizing a young man for defending himself.
KalPa 4 vs. HPK 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was scoreless in 15:20 of ice time in HPK's 4-1 loss to KalPa. Ex-Blues pick Michal Birner had a goal in the win for KalPa.